Ecuador offers Assange limitless embassy stay

Ecuador has remained optimistic that a "compromise" can be reached with the UK government over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's future.

But they reiterated the 41-year-old Australian, who is wanted in Sweden over claims of sexual assault, can stay at their London embassy for "as long as it takes."

He can stay here for eight years... two centuries. However long he wants.

– Ecuadorian official

The officials urged the UK government to withdraw a threat to controversially enter the embassy to arrest Assange, despite Foreign Secretary William Hague insisting there was no intention to "storm" the building.

The best thing to do is for the Government to withdraw the threat. The Foreign Office has been contacting many South American countries in the past week indicating they wanted to open conversations again with the Ecuador government - but they have made no approach.

– Ecuadorian official